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2015 NFPW Communications Conference

New Frontiers in the Last Frontier

September 10-12, 2015 - Anchorage, AK

Conference Hashtag: #NFPW15AK

In the Summer 2015 issue of AGENDA you can:

  • meet the candidates for NFPW office
  • meet the state Communicators of Achievement
  • find out more about the convention in Alaska
conference logo featuring an outline of the state of Alaska, the conference dates and the theme.

NFPW members and guests went north to Alaska at NFPW's 2015 Communications Conference. Hosted by Alaska Professional Communicators, the conference was held Sept. 10-12, 2015, at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska.

Conference Recaps

New National Officers Elected

A new slate of National Federation of Press Women officers were elected to two-year positions (2015-2017) during the NFPW general membership meeting on September 10:

  • President: Marsha Hoffman, Iowa
  • 1st Vice President: Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas, Illinois
  • 2nd Vice President: Ellen Crawford, North Dakota
  • Secretary: Becky Sarwarte, Illinois
  • Treasurer: Karen Rowley, Louisiana
  • Immediate Past President/Education Fund Director: Teri Ehresman, Idaho

Learn more about NFPW's new officers in the Summer issue of Agenda.

NFPW President's AwardTonda Rush of Virginia was honored with the NFPW President's Award, one the highest honors bestowed by the National Federation of Press Women.

Tonda Rush (right) and NFPW President Terry Ehresman.
NFPW President Teri Ehresman (left) presents the NFPW President's Award to Tonda Rush at the 2015 NFPW Communications Conference.

Tribute to American Press Works—NFPW honored American Press Works for their many years of service managing the NFPW national headquarters.

three ladies holding awards
NFPW honored APW for their many years of service managing the NFPW national headquarters. From left, Gloria Watkins (APW Membership Services manager and registrar), Carol Pierce (APW vice president and executive director), and Tonda Rush (APW president and Freedom of Information legal advisor).

Communicator of Achievement

Barbara (Bobbi) Gigone of Colorado Named NFPW Communicator of Achievement

In a wide-ranging career spanning more than 40 years, Barbara (Bobbi) Gigone of Louisville, Colo., has compiled an impressive list of firsts, including first regular female news reporter at the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera, first public information officer for Boulder County, and first director of the county's newly formed Department of Community Those firsts led to her being named the 2015 NFPW Communicator of Achievement.

  • Colorado's Gigone Named National Communicator of Achievement (article)
  • Colorado's Gigone Named National Communicator of Achievement (press release)

NYT Best-Selling Author Anne Hillerman of New Mexico Named COA Runner-up

Anne Hillerman, a New York Times bestselling author, long-time leader of writing workshops and conferences and a co-founder of Wordharvest, a business that offers writers’ workshops and the annual Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, was 2015 COA runner-up.

Learn more about all of the 2015 Communicator of Achievement nominees in the Summer issue of Agenda.

Slideshow - 2015 COA Nominees

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NFPW Communicators of Achievement attending the 2015 conference: From left: Betty Packard (2006), Cynthia Price (2012), Barbara "Bobbi" Gigone (2015), and Marianne Wolf-Astrauskas (2013).

group of seven women standing shoulder to shoulder and looking at the camera.

NFPW Communicators of Achievement attending the 2015 conference, from left: Beth Dugan, Illinois Woman's Press Association; Linda Evans, Virginia Professional Communicators; Kitty Fleischman, Media Network Idaho; Barbara (Bobbi) Gigone, Colorado Press Women; Donna Penticuff, Woman's Press Club of Indiana; Tiffany Ervin, Media Women of South Carolina; and Anne Hillerman, New Mexico Press Women.

Lini Kadaba standing and holding a plaque for the camera.
Lini Kadaba

Communications Contest—The annual NFPW Communications Contest encourages and rewards excellence in communication in a wide range of categories, with entries judged by leaders in their fields of expertise. Members compete first at the affiliate or at-large level, with first-place winners in each category moving on to compete at the national level.

  • Communications Contest Winners List
  • Communications Contest Winners Slideshow
  • Sweepstakes Winners — Sweepstakes awards go to the contest entrants accumulating the most points, based on the number of their winning entries and the number of competing entries in those categories.
    • Individual sweepstakes winners are first place: Lini Kadaba of Pennsylvania Press Club; second/third place tie: Tammy Keith of Arkansas Press Women and Kimberly Ann Loehr of Virginia Professional Communicators.
    • The affiliate sweepstakes winner is Delaware Press Association.

High School Communications Contest—The NFPW High School Communications Contest inspires students to excel in their quest for excellence. The only nationwide communications competition for high school students, the NFPW contest is endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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"Getting the chance to go to the national NFPW Conference in Greenville was an opportunity to meet with many welcoming NFPW professionals and network in a beautiful setting. Combining the time away with learning from other writers made the conference so memorable for me." — Brenda Johnson, South Dakota